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June 2012 Archives

Supreme Court ruling on immigration law gives guidance to states

During the past couple of months we have mentioned that the outcome of a highly important immigration case before the Supreme Court could have a significant effect on the North Carolina General Assembly's attempts to create state immigration legislation. The General Assembly now has its guidance as the Supreme Court released its opinion today on Arizona's own immigration law.

New immigration rules could help younger people avoid deportation

For a number of young illegal immigrants living in North Carolina, temporary relief from the threat of deportation may be right around the corner. Under immigration rules announced in an executive order created by President Obama, immigrants who meet particular criteria may be able to work and live in the United States for a period of two years, with the possibility for extension after the initial period expires.

Red flag: North Carolina NASCAR owner breaches workers' comp laws

Professional racing is one of the most popular spectator sports in our state. Though an exciting NASCAR race can provide hours of entertainment, drivers and crew members are exposed to significant danger on the job. So, it may come as a surprise to hear that one North Carolina racing team owner has been fined for failing to provide the necessary workers' compensation insurance for his employees over the course of the 2011 season.

Deportation review process fails to yield expected results

A few prior posts on this blog have discussed the current administration's immigration policy aimed at deporting immigrants it deems threats to public safety or national security while providing reprieve for those without criminal records. A number of immigration advocates expressed enthusiasm that the new immigration rules would prevent the deportation of many law-abiding immigrants in North Carolina and around the country when it was announced last summer.

OSHA lags behind on regulatory measures for inhaled toxins

For those in North Carolina who enjoy an active lifestyle, being limited by a debilitating respiratory illness can be a difficult reality to face. Workplace safety advocates have been aware of the dangers of consistently inhaling mineral or metal dust, such as beryllium and silica. Though it is widely known that inhaling such substances is a major concern for workplace safety, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has failed to update its regulatory process to adequately protect workers.

Proposed change to immigration law could help science graduates

Over the course of our nation's history, many immigrants have come to the United States to seek prosperity that they might not have attained in their native land. And our country has thrived and advanced due to many innovations created by immigrants. Under current immigration rules, however, we are sending a significant number of bright and promising immigrants back to their home countries after they have completed their studies at colleges and universities here.

A whale of a problem: Court recommends Sea World safety barriers

Children throughout North Carolina are generally spell-bound by Shamu, the moniker given to many of Sea World's stunt-performing killer whales. While thousands enjoy the shows put on at the amusement parks each year, real dangers exist for the employees who are commissioned to train and handle the aquatic beasts.